Linking up with Christine from Bookishly Boisterous for this post. In her words, It allows book bloggers (or any blogger, for that matter) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise.
I was fourteen when a friend of mine told me to try Manga. The next time I went to a bookshop I went to the Manga shelf and uttered, “But the book is faulty. It’s back to front!” Genuinely. I felt a little stupid when everyone laughed at me, so maybe that’s why it took me almost another decade to consider it again.
I got Bakuman in Japan earlier this year when I visited the Manga Museum in Kyoto. By Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, this Manga is apparently very different from other Manga, because it is basically a Manga about Manga.The story: Moritaka is a young schoolboy who is close to the end of his compulsory schooling and has no idea what he wants to do with his life, and thus no idea which high school he should attend (if any). He enjoys drawing, but his parents expect him to lead a “stable” life and he agrees, having lost his uncle to the consequences of overworking. Continue reading
I have a weird name, and when you have a weird name and you love genealogy, you get obsessed with the meanings of names. Mine has various meanings depending on translation, but can mean anything from “wished-for child” to “rebellion”. I believe names can influence who we become – my sister has a name meaning cheerful and as a child she was incredibly happy-go-lucky and full of jokes. If you’ve read The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, you’ll be familiar with the obsession with names. Here are my favourite literary character names, as prompted by Top Ten Tuesday.
I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday today to talk about the books I was forced to read (and loved). I always loved reading, but reading other people’s suggestions has been instrumental in broadening my horizons. It’s hard to identify which books I was “forced” into reading, because generally if someone suggests a book I happily devour it.
1. An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden – this was probably the most difficult required reading I ever had to do, and I would not have loved it had we not had an excellent teacher guiding us through. The story begins incredibly slowly but with the right kind of attention it blossoms beautifully. Continue reading
This was the first book I bought while on Semester at Sea.
Hives in Paradise by Midge Hill Mebane was sold to me at the Hilo Farmer’s Market on our second (and final) day in Hilo, Hawai’i by the author’s son. He also sold delicious macadamia nuts and home-grown cloves, and had a lot of interesting views about Hawai’i and their people. I wish I could remember his name, because the book mentions the children a lot. It is out of print, and self-published, and I got a signed copy, which was excellent. Continue reading
The Boy is hijacking my blog for this week’s photo challenge. He’s recently shown a lot of interest in photography and naturally lives in one of the best places to try it out.
This picture was taken during an icy cold morning walk. The season is slowly turning to Spring, but the weather is still uncertain.
Click the image to be taken to his public portfolio. I quite like his sunset photos too.
Do not read this if you have not yet watched up to and including Grey’s Anatomy S10E02. There will be spoilers. And emotions. If you are new to my blog (thank you for reading, and welcome) – yes, I do watch Grey’s Anatomy, and yes, I know a lot of it is entirely inaccurate; and no, my work is nothing like theirs, except maybe on dermatology.